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Vivit's November Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 15, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A big thank you to all our speakers who represented Vivit this past month. Let Vivit help you take your career to the next level by joining our speaker’s bureau today. We offer outstanding opportunities for you to speak virtually or live on our behalf. If you are interested in joining our speaker’s bureau, please click here.

Matt Angerer
PreSales Engineer
Tasktop
Gary Brandt
OpsBridge Product Management
Micro Focus
 
Joe Friedrichsen
Managing Director
BCBSRI
Bob Johnson
Chief Marketing Officer
StreamWeaver
   
NaveenKumar Namachivayam
Performance Test Lead
Infosys Limited
Petar Puskarich
Performance Engineer
Bank of America AVP
   
 Nate Rich
IT Operations Practice Expert
StreamWeaver
 Saumya Upadhyaya
OpsBridge Product Management
Micro Focus

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Micro Focus Unveils Go4SAP Program

Posted By Michael Procopio, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

 


by Michael Procopio
Product Marketing Manager, Operations Bridge
Micro Focus

For companies that use SAP it is one of their most important applications because it supports critical business processes. Micro Focus recognizes this and have developed a cross portfolio set of solutions with tuned HANA-compatible, SAP-focused content with unique intellectual property.

For Operations Bridge (OpsBridge) this means assuring your SAP environment is performing well. Also that all stakeholders have maximum visibility into how SAP and the business it is support are doing.

The goal for the solutions are that they be simple, fast, smart, and easy. For Operations Bridge this means:

  • Pre-packaged content and proven use cases
  • Operational in less than 1 FTE month, including focused SAP HANA content or less than a day using SiteScope with SAP solution templates
  • Enable business innovation, support automation and risk mitigation
  • Non-SAP expert staff can act on first time fix recommendations

Prepackaged content for Operations Bridge

  • Management Pack for Infrastructure – this covers operating system availability and performance
  • Management Pack for SAP – this covers SAP ABAP and J2EE, given a starting point it will discover all the dependencies and automatically start monitoring, it also provides specific cross domain correlation
  • Management Pack for SAP HANA – adds SAP HANA database monitoring, HANA specific discovery and monitoring
  • Operations Connector for SAP Solution Manager – collects data from SAP Solution Manager monitoring tool to bring the information into Operations Bridge for AIOps based analysis and consolidation of data to a single screen

A Business Value Dashboard showing transaction and system metrics for SAP. Click on image for a larger version.

BPM and RUM

Business Process Monitor (BPM) and Real User Monitor (RUM) are now components of OpsBridge. BPM does synthetic user transaction monitoring, Real User Monitor (RUM) monitors application traffic as it crosses the network both have specific support for SAP protocols.

Think of going to an SAP web UI to place an order. BPM will go through all the steps you do and report back availability and how long it to get from one page to the next. In addition to web UI testing BPM supports many other protocols including SAP protocols.

SiteScope

SiteScope provides both application, or digital experience, monitoring and infrastructure monitoring. It does agentless monitoring so it is very fast to set up, less than a day or with basic set up in less than one hour.

For application monitoring it can test application URLs and process a transaction like placing an order. For infrastructure monitoring it can log into a system and run commands to get performance data, for example run commands to see which processes are running. It has specific monitors and solution templates. A solution template is a set of specialized monitors, default metrics and thresholds, proactive tests, and best practices for a given application or component being monitored.

The SAP specific content includes:

  • SAP CCMS
  • SAP CCMS Alerts
  • SAP Java Web App Server
  • SAP Performance
  • SAP Work Process

For more details read then Monitoring SAP with Operations Bridge blog post or the Accelerate Your SAP Basis Work with the Go4SAP Solution Program product flyer.

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - Augustine Tumi Magashoa

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 11, 2018
Updated: Friday, October 5, 2018

Augustine Mogashoa
Augustine Tumi Mogashoa
Director, ASQE
South Africa LUG Leader

Located in a town close to Johannesburg, South Africa, Vivit leader Tumi Mogashoa is working to revive the Local User Group in that area. In early September she attended the Micro Focus Universe in Sandton. This was a very successful event where she represented the Vivit Community and informed people about the benefits of joining the user group. Several people joined Vivit that day. Now Tumi is planning a launch session to start the discussion of the Micro Focus products.

Tumi has 13 years of experience in management, strategy and roadmap formulation for business process engineering, business intelligence, quality assurance testing and project management in information communication and technology for leading corporates across diverse industries. She joined Vivit in May 2017 and became a leader shortly after. We are looking forward to what she can do to grow the Vivit Local User Group in South Africa!

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Vivit's September Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2018

A big thank you to all our speakers who represented Vivit this past month. Let Vivit help you take your career to the next level by joining our speaker’s bureau today. We offer outstanding opportunities for you to speak virtually or live on our behalf. If you are interested in joining our speaker’s bureau, please click here.

Bobby Allen
CTO and Chief Evangelist
CloudGenera
Mustali Barma
Worldwide SaaS Product Manager
Micro Focus
 
Andreas Birk
TQA SIG Leader
Michael Eckhoff
Executive Advisor
Assure
   
Amr Fahmy
Senior Consultant
Mannai Corporation QPSC
Mark Flemming
Marketing Director
FSS
   
 Dirk Hedderich
Senior Principal Business Consultant
Micro Focus
Daniel Horn
Senior IT Consultant
profi.com AG
   
 Tuomas Leppilampi
Product Manager
Assure
Carsten Neise
Profi.com
 
Jonathon Wright
Digital Therapist

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World Quality Report 2018-2019: AI Will Disrupt QA

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2018

 


by Malcom Isaacs
Solutions Marketing Manager
Micro Focus

If you’re not moving toward using artificial intelligence (AI) to help teams test more effectively, you’ll soon fall behind the curve, according to the World Quality Report 2018-19. And end-user satisfaction is now at the top of enterprise testing strategy goals, according to the study, recently released by Micro Focus, Capgemini and Sogeti. Key findings include: 

  • The application of AI, machine learning and analytics to do smarter automation will disrupt and transform QA testing over the next two-to-three years.
  • Businesses are using AI and automation to optimize QA for end-user satisfaction. Organizations are putting the customer first.
  • New QA roles are emerging, including data scientists, AI QA strategists and AI testing experts.

What does it all mean? You’ll need to broaden your skills, and QA teams will need to develop new approaches to validation and verification in response to AI developments. After all, if you don’t keep a close check on what your AI algorithms are doing you won’t be able to ensure quality.

AI and automation are also key to DevOps success. While organizations are reducing time to market, quality has suffered. How do you increase speed without negatively affecting quality? Today, a lack of automation is the number-one bottleneck to progress. The other is a lack of skills needed to get teams to the next level.

Want to know more about what these developments mean for you? Drop in on my webinar on October 17. 

You can also download the full report here. With Micro Focus products our system operations are performed in microseconds.” said Avsar.

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - Jim Copio

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Jim Copio
Jim Copio
Manager, Whitlock Infrastructure Solutions
Carolinas LUG Leader
Operations Bridge Co-SIG Leader

In the ever-changing environment of IT, it is nice to have a constant. That constant can be a company, a product, or a person. For Vivit, we have that person in our member and Leader, Jim Copio. For 15 years, Jim has dedicated his time and talents to the Vivit organization for the enrichment of our members and for the enhancement of our User Group model. Jim is always one that will try to accommodate his schedule when asked to moderate a Vivit webinar, to represent Vivit at Micro Focus events, or to organize a Local User Group (LUG) meeting or Special Interest Group (SIG) webinar as the Carolinas LUG Co-leader and the Operations Bridge SIG Co-leader.

Most recently, Jim has contributed to several brainstorming sessions with Micro Focus around increasing support and awareness of the Vivit meetings. His experience and wealth of knowledge in the industry as a Manager at Whitlock Infrastructure Solutions (IS) has proven invaluable to Vivit. Just as he cares for his clients, Jim’s goal is to arm our members with the understanding, best practices, strategies, tools, and operational enablement to be successful.

Jim, thank you for serving our Vivit community!

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SIG News - September 2018

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Software Education Special Interest Group (SIG)

September is back to school time! And the Software Education SIG is here to support you, other members, and students all year long! Do you know the current Education and Certification offerings available to you from Micro Focus? This SIG is here to help you gain that knowledge and insight on these offerings, learn the certification process for you and your company, and understand industry trends all while networking with peers from around the globe!

First: On the Vivit website under the Training Tab and Drop down, you will now find a link to the Micro Focus Education Services where you will find all the ways to maximize your investment in Micro Focus software. And in partnership with Vivit, Micro Focus offers an exclusive 10% Discount for Vivit Members. Build the Skills to Succeed and take this opportunity to improve your performance or learn something new from the people who wrote the software.

Second: Join us early next month for a webinar on October 3rd from 7:00 - 8:00 AM PDT (Los Angeles), 10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT (New York), 16:00 - 17:00 CEST (Frankfurt) “How to Turn a Software Tester into a Learning & Development Champion with Virtually No Effort!”. The ability to complete more than one task at a time is KING! Learn how to create enablement content to train employees up or walk them through the next test case or software release without ACTUALLY doing anything extra using a content creation tool from Micro Focus called ART.

These are just some of the resources available to you. Your SIG Leader, Chris Trimper, welcomes your thoughts and ideas as we grow this community. Please contact him at: chris.trimper@vivit-worldwide.org.

If you are not already a SIG member, please join the Software Education SIG today!

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Vivit's August Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A big thank you to all our speakers who represented Vivit this past month. Let Vivit help you take your career to the next level by joining our speaker’s bureau today. We offer outstanding opportunities for you to speak virtually or live on our behalf. If you are interested in joining our speaker’s bureau, please click here.


SIG Talk – Quality & Testing
Todd DeCapua
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
SIG Talk – Quality & Testing
Matthew David
Consultant & Author
 
SIG Talk – Quality & Testing
Zak Cole
Whiteblock
SIG Talk - IT Operations
Kenneth Tan
Sardina Systems
 
Seattle LUG Event
Chris Carpenter
Bienabee

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Beyond Single-point Solutions to Holistically Address Data Privacy Threats

Posted By Nathan Turajski, Thursday, September 6, 2018
Updated: Friday, August 31, 2018
Reading about a latest IT security start-up announcement yesterday, I was struck with a familiar theme. To generically summarize, “Those [big companies] can’t manoeuvre like we can! We’re nimble, not big and bloated like [those guys]! We can innovate…FASTER! We are best able to stop the [latest threat] you’re hearing about.” Perhaps.

Beyond single-point .png When you’re Micro Focus with decades of development experience from leading security brands and comprising a broad solution portfolio, feisty new companies tend to use a common differentiation approach pulled from the textbooks to chip away at your edges and exploit a niche. “What if you need to protect sensitive data on a Raspberry Pi with facial recognition monitoring of a payment terminal to trigger a blocking rule based on identity analytics!?” What if, indeed—but when developing solutions to solve a wide range of privacy threat use cases, where scalability, efficiency, and global impact are important, your customers have a more fundamental set of foundational needs. Single point solutions try not to be all things to all people, but fill a gap and expand—whether market space, technology advantage, deployment model, or otherwise. It’s a unique and valid tactic, but may not address the bigger picture of the modern IT landscape. So I’d like to explain a bit on how large companies with broad portfolios innovate differently.
First off, CAN big companies innovate with agility and at scale?
What your latest Silicon Valley start-up won’t tell you is that, while their innovation may be more nimble and without the obligations required of servicing an established customer base, that innovation tends to be incremental and focused at best. For example, deploying similar technology using containers for a new cloud form factor approach. That’s just the reality of having limited funding and development budgets, a limited staff and a laser focus on ROI. One has to pick one’s battles to solve short-term goals. But can a small start-up innovate at the same level that larger established companies demand? What advantages do large, established vendors bring?

A large security software developer can better address fundamental innovations that come from the combining of massive portfolios. When you look at the Micro Focus security brands today that include Voltage, Vertica, ArcSight, Fortify, NetIQ, ZENworks and beyond, the core capabilities of protecting users, applications and data can be leveraged, including years of IP invested, that impact and accelerate massive business transformation. Rather than incremental, massive multi-year IT transformational strategy can be addressed, such as scaling out big data analytics across global application environments, migrating DevOps to a fully cloud-native approach while securing data across hybrid infrastructure, or applying identity to drive universal access policies across all of this. These are all lofty goals that need to be solved by combining fundamental security technologies that are core to business. Let me provide a few Micro Focus examples:
Voltage and Vertica
Data privacy is not simply a matter of protecting data at endpoints or ingestion points, but the data analytics created as a result of those edge activities, stored in data lakes and warehouses. As a singular solution, Micro Focus Voltage is able to protect data across a global enterprise of endpoints and devices using encryption, however that same technology can also be applied within the data analytics environment itself. A combined solution with a Vertica add-on makes it easy for Vertica users to protect data within Vertica, comply with privacy mandates such as the GDPR, and limit data access and risk exposure inside the organization to only appropriate authorized applications and users.
Voltage and Vertica, and ArcSight
What if your leading SIEM threat analytics applications, ArcSight, use Vertica for scaling the SIEM platform for a global organization? Spoiler alert: you now also have access to Voltage for data privacy controls when based on Vertica! But moreover, Voltage supports ADP Connectors to enable data privacy for security events ingested into the ArcSight environment. When you combine market-leading security products, 1+1+1=5, because you get fast time to value by enabling new capabilities integrated with your current products.
Voltage and Vertica, and ArcSight…and NetIQ, and Fortify, and beyond
You can see where this is heading. Innovation is not simply about a fast, short-term, manoeuvre, but an effective long game strategy that expands to support your evolving enterprise security posture. With decades of innovation already at the disposable of Micro Focus product lines, combining portfolio technologies into solutions that generate value-add brings new opportunities to reduce risk, meet privacy requirements, and holistically address data privacy audit and compliance. This approach is not easily matched in a single-point solution that only solves a specific use case or delivers an incremental feature, alone.

A real-world example is in meeting privacy compliance mandates, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Here is how a coordinated solution approach from Micro Focus can help every step of the way, without enterprise users hitting a roadblock that halts their GDPR compliance journey, first…
  • Structured Data Manager: Identifies and classifies the data at risk to assess this fundamental GDPR starting point, while using…
  • ArcSight: To monitor security events that provide insight into risks, with those events stored in a data lake, protected by…
  • Voltage: With encryption of ingested security events and the data analytics stored in a date lake, that…
  • Vertica: Scales to meet the analytics requirements of large, global, distributed organizations, which have…
  • Fortify: Implementing applications with privacy by design best practices, including Voltage format-preserved encrypted data moving in-and-out of the cloud, where…
  • NetIQ: Users maintain control of the GDPR-compliant uses of sensitive data to meet audits for authorization privileges.
Organizations that are on a data privacy journey such as GDPR compliance can’t stop along the way to smell the roses. Each day, where risk isn’t being addressed in a coordinated approach, is an opportunity for a data privacy breach to result in massive fines and further remediation headaches. It’s critical to have a vision that goes beyond what a single point solution can offer to see the proverbial forest for the trees.
Getting more from a complete security portfolio at the Cybersecurity Summit 2018 (Washington, DC – September 25-27).

Micro Focus will be in Washington, DC, this September at our Cybersecurity Summit, to highlight more of its cross-portfolio innovations that include data privacy, breach defense, compliance and governance solutions, and more. Join us and your peers to gain more insights, hear best practices and collaborate at this annual information security event.

Follow Micro Focus Security on Twitter and use the hashtag #MicroFocusCyberSummit to stay up to date on the Cybersecurity Summit

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Get InfoSec Best Practices at the Micro Focus Cybersecurity Summit in September

Posted By Cynthia Leonard, Thursday, August 9, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

 

by Cynthia Leonard
Communications and Social Media Manager
Micro Focus

Data breaches abound. Identities are phished. Cyber attackers easily jump over perimeter walls. Apps let in bad guys (or accidently let data out). Company laptops or BYOD mobile devices are lost or stolen, along with corresponding trade secrets. What do all these things have in common (besides a company losing money, trust, and reputation)? These are all challenges that InfoSec professionals face on a daily basis. If only there was one place for Security pros to get educated, build their skills and network around the challenges they face protecting their users, apps and data. Oh, but there is!

You are most cordially invited to attend the Micro Focus Cybersecurity Summit 2018 on September 25-27, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. Now that Micro Focus has successfully completed the spin-merge with HPE Software, we want to highlight our expanded security portfolio via this Summit. We believe in this mission of security education so much that Micro Focus Security has made this event FREE to customers and prospective customers alike.

Experience Security at the Speed of Innovation

This unique Summit will allow you to interact face-to-face with our product managers and security leaders such as Micro Focus CMO John Delk and Former FBI Cybersecurity Special Agent and Director, Chris Tarbell. Join other like-minded customers to hear best practices, solution roadmaps and cybersecurity topics critical to your organization/agency.

This Summit in September will allow you to gain in-person insight from Micro Focus product development leaders about key trends and planned enhancements for our industry-leading cybersecurity products, including ArcSight, Fortify, Identity & Access, Voltage and ZENworks. The last day of the Summit will allow you to participate in hands-on workshop sessions to personally experience how these products can secure applications and data, drive identity-centric controls and intelligence and leverage powerful analytics to detect known and unknown threats.

Detect known and unknown threats through correlation, data ingestion and analytics

ArcSight Intelligent Security Operations provides real-time threat detection, analytics and investigation from any source, anywhere. Micro Focus has developed a portfolio of security-awareness products that provide organizations like yours with detailed visibility, analysis and orchestration for solving threat-landscape challenges. The continued development of ArcSight Data Platform (ADP), Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) and ArcSight Investigate are well-equipping Micro Focus customers and their SecOps organizations to be aware of internal and external threats, known and unknown malicious events and data across their global networks. The ArcSight product track will detail our SecOps portfolio and the beginning-to-end solutions for security awareness.

Learn about secure development, security testing, and continuous monitoring and protection of apps

Today, businesses rely more and more on software to be efficient, competitive and profitable. This results in a never-before seen increase in the number of applications and releases, and significantly shorter release cycles. These factors, combined with more and more attacks targeting applications, mean soaring risk for businesses. One of the biggest challenges facing security and risk professionals at every organization today is keeping up with the exponential growth of applications and related risks. Sign up for the Fortify product track to learn how they use agility, integration and automation capabilities to provide a comprehensive and seamless approach to application security.

Discover an integrated approach to Identity and Access Management

Identity powers security because it provides the capabilities to know the right identities have the right access to the right things at the right time. Users, devices and things have added a layer of complexity to security management that requires infrastructures to provide adaptive security capabilities with a streamlined user experience. Organizations need to move the conversation to adaptive technologies to deliver continuous compliance and proactive risk management, and to drive business value. Join the Identity and Access Management product track to see how identity powers adaptive security technologies while also providing a positive user experience and driving business value.

Explore Data-centric security solutions that safeguard data throughout its entire lifecycle

Micro Focus is growing its data security portfolio, adding key capabilities to make it the most comprehensive data-centric security portfolio in the industry. We recently added transparent protection for cloud, commercial and in-house applications without critical application changes or integration required. Upcoming additions to the portfolio will add even more functionality. Micro Focus is investing heavily in the protection of data of all types, structured and unstructured, whether in use, in transit or at rest, for persistent protection and management of sensitive data across the enterprise. Join the Voltage Security track to learn more about our game-changing data-centric product developments—and how they can benefit you.

Ensure all devices follow standards and compliance to secure your network

Looking for a solution to help you manage and secure your endpoints? Want to know what ZENworks is all about and where Endpoint Management is headed? If so, the ZENworks endpoint management track is for you. We’ll introduce you to the Micro Focus Endpoint Management portfolio, the challenges it addresses and the future. Come find out how you can effectively manage and secure your IT assets and move with confidence into the future using ZENworks.


So, if you are looking for one or more InfoSec solutions spanning security operations, application security, identity and access management (IAM), endpoint management and data security, then the Micro Focus Cybersecurity Summit 2018 in September is for you. Register today to see our customer-centric innovations across our security portfolio that help organizations take a holistic, open and intelligent approach to security that tackles today’s most sophisticated threats.

Follow Micro Focus Security on Twitter and use the hashtag #MicroFocusCyberSummit to stay up to date on the Cybersecurity Summit.

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